On Saturday, November 11, hundreds of Pittsburghers will get together at dinner tables across the region to share a meal and get to know their neighbors better. We’re inviting you to be among them.

Based on our 200 Dinners and other welcome dinners NEXTpittsburgh and Vibrant Pittsburgh have hosted the past few years, our Welcome, Neighbor! Dinner is a community-wide event to bring people together to discuss ways to make our region more welcoming.

The World Affairs Council joins us as a partner this time around as we get more organizations in Pittsburgh involved. (Interested? See link below.) We’ll supply some starter questions to spark your dinner conversation. And NEXTpittsburgh will report on your conversations based on your feedback, but the rest is up to you.

That’s the spirit.

We know there’s great community spirit in Pittsburgh, but at the same time, our city is not known as a place that’s welcoming to those of other cultures and backgrounds. We’d like to change that. We hear from people who are new to town and are having a hard time meeting others, and from people who have been here awhile and would like to be more connected to the city. And from people who don’t know their neighbors and would like to feel a stronger sense of community.

Here’s your chance to make a difference. If you took part in any of our welcome dinners you know how fun and worthwhile they can be. “Thanks for making civil discourse cool again!” wrote one host. (See more feedback here.) Those who participated asked to get involved again next time. We welcome them as hosts, and you, too.

Here’s how to get involved:

You can host a dinner – whether it’s potluck, pizza or a full course meal — and invite your neighbors, especially those new to Pittsburgh or from a different background.

Or make a reservation at your favorite local restaurant and get together there. The point is simply to be more neighborly and create a more welcoming Pittsburgh.

Or you can join in one the community dinners we’ll be partnering with around town.

Can’t make it on the 11th? Feel free to host on the 10th or the 12th or whenever you can. Dinner, lunch, brunch, whatever — the focus is on getting together and enjoying lively conversation.

Register here to host at your home or in a restaurant. 

Registering as an organization host? Click here.

Interested in attending a dinner? Click here.

Have questions about the hosting process? Email us.  

We’ll update the community organizations and restaurants getting involved so stay tuned!